NatureArt Lab

Studio and Field Program (MALENY): CONNECTING WITH NATURE THROUGH NATURE JOURNALING: 10, 17 & 24 September 2022

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Explore your curiosity and connection with the natural world through nature journaling! This 3-week course is led by experienced art tutor and field naturalist Petra Meer.

About the course:

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is known as the natural jewel of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains landscape. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which will delight with its tranquility and beauty.

Nature journaling is all about learning to see, promoting curiosity, asking questions and starting to notice things around you. The nature journal you keep becomes a priceless record of you time spent in nature and a valuable tool for expanding your understanding.

During this three-week nature journaling program you will learn about the principles and practice of nature journaling, along with insights into the extraordinary habitats of this ancient rainforest, and the importance of nature connections and advocacy.

The course will begin in the Discovery Centre and in the outdoor classroom where you will explore a range of materials and mediums used in nature journaling, complete exercises on essential drawing, writing and observation techniques, so you have the skills to take into the field for your nature journaling practice. Petra will discuss the main elements of being a naturalist and explore the key steps for nature journaling using natural icons sourced locally.

Throughout the course participants will have the opportunity to observe, journal, sketch and learn about some of the fascinating interrelations between plants and animals in this unique part of the world.

On completion of this course you will have a beautiful nature journal with a wealth of information on the key plant species of this rainforest reserve. You will also have the confidence to observe, draw and write about the natural world, as well as the knowledge, skills, materials and techniques to develop a personal record of your nature experiences wherever you are in the world.

This course is suitable for all interested nature lovers and no artistic skills are required.

A nature journaling materials list will be provided prior to the start of the course. 

Dates: 10, 17 and 24 September (3 Weeks)
Days/Times: Saturdays 10.00am - 3.00pm (one hour break)
Location: Mary Cairncross Scenic Rainforest Reserve, Maleny, Queensland

About the tutor:

Petra Meer travels everywhere with a creative journal, while riding an adventure bike along the Oodnadatta Track to the Red Centre, sailing up the Eastern Seaboard on a yacht or on countless bush walks into wild places. She also carries a journal for daily life; to travel well through the transitions of living in a busy world. Journaling for Petra is a part of a lively and creative practice; of which nature journaling is an integral part.

Petra has degrees in Art and Design and also a Masters of Counselling. She works as an artist, illustrator, maker, wellbeing facilitator, community arts worker and counsellor. She has exhibited to a national level and her natural history illustration has been commissioned by Parks and Wildlife Services and local councils to illustrate endangered species and to bring awareness to fragile ecosystems. Petra has also recently launched a detailed habitat focused colouring book for Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

She believes that making art in nature with meaning and purpose can be accessible to anyone. It can offer us new insights and opportunities for growth, and bring with it an increased sense of joy, relaxation and awe.

Image: Nature Journaling by Petra Meer


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COVID-19 Policy: Students on NatureArt Lab studio courses or workshops are required to comply with all stated COVID-19 requirements specified at the time of booking.  This policy will be reviewed and amended as QLD Government policy is changed and these changes will also be conveyed to students prior to commencement.

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